WAEC Syllabus for Data Processing & Textbooks 2024/2025

The WAEC syllabus for Data Processing is the topic you must study to sit for the examination. It contains the aims and objectives, notes and format for the Data Processing exam.

Studying the Data Processing syllabus is necessary for your exam preparation. It will serve as a guide for you to know the topics to read. There are also notes on concepts you should pay attention to learning.

Exam preparations without using the Data Processing syllabus are like going to the farm without your agricultural tools. You will end up not being productive.

Ensure you begin your exam preparations using the syllabus.

This post contains the Data Processing syllabus and recommended textbooks of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

WAEC Data Processing

This examination syllabus is derived from the Senior Secondary School curriculum on Data Processing published by the NERDC.

It is designed to test basic knowledge and skills acquisition in the data processing.

A conceptual approach was used in preparing the syllabus, considering areas that would encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills for everyday living.

This syllabus is not a teaching syllabus. It is an examination syllabus. Teachers are therefore advised to use the national teaching syllabus for the teaching-learning process.

Objectives of the Syllabus

The objectives of the syllabus are to test candidates’

  • acquisition of basic skills of data processing and management;
  • level of competence in ICT applications that will promote the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills for everyday living in the global world;
  • knowledge in the application of ICT in facilitating business transactions and education;
  • preparedness for further studies in Data Processing and Management.

Examination Scheme

There will be two papers, Papers 1 and 2 both of which shall be taken as a composite paper at one sitting.

PAPER 1: Will consist of forty multiple-choice objective questions, all of which are to be answered in 1 hour for 40 marks.

PAPER 2: will consist of two sections: Sections A and B. Candidates will be required to answer five questions in all.

Section A: will consist of four essay questions.  Candidates will be required to answer any three in 1 hour for 30 marks.

Section B: will be a test of practical work.  It shall consist of two compulsory essay questions to be answered in 1 hour for 40 marks.

WAEC Data Processing Syllabus

Information Age

  1. History of Computers
  2. Data and Information

Basic Computing

  1. Classification of Computers
  2. Application of ICT in everyday life
  3. Components of Computers

Information Processing

  1. The art of Information processing

Information Transmission

  1. Process of Information transmission
  2. Medium of Information Transmission
  3. Networking
  4. Internet

Tools for Processing Information

  1. Operating System
  2. Word Processing
  3. Spreadsheet
  4. Database Management System
  5. Presentation Package
  6. Web Design Packages
  7. Graphic Packages

Computer Maintenance, Ethics and Human Issues

  1. Maintenance of Computer
  2. Computer Ethics
  3. Safety Measures
  4. Career opportunities in Data Processing
  5. Computer Virus

Data Management

  1. Relational Model
  2. File Organization
  3. Database Security
  4. Parallel and Distributed databases

Equipment and Materials Required

The table below shows the minimum requirement for a class of fifty candidates.

Item NoEquipmentQuantity Required
  1Pictures/Charts showing different computing devices and other relevant information such as computers in a network  5
  2Computer system with Graphical User Interface (GUI), internet-ready system;  5
  3Standard software packages such as Open Office, Microsoft office etc.(The latest version is desirable)  1
  4Multimedia systems and applications such as projectors, speakers  1
  5Graphic packages such as Corel draw.  1

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